White Clouds

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production year

1961—1962

Premiere

26 October 1962

Runtime

97 min

Category

film

Genre

ballad, drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Bílá oblaka

Czech title

Bílá oblaka

English title

White Clouds

Synopsis

Autumn 1944, the Slovak National Uprising is suppressed and the fighters must withdraw to the mountains. Commander Repta's unit takes along the thirteen-year old Zuzka, who lost her home and all her relatives in the rebellion. But the enemy brutally pursues them and Repta therefore must divide his unit. The withdrawal is covered by the group commanded by Peter, whose members almost all die in an exchange of fire with the German soldiers. The only one to survive is the severely wounded Peter. Zuzka, of whom everybody forgot in the zeal of the fight, hides him from the Germans. As soon as Peter is able to walk, he and Zuzka set off to meet their co-fighters. On the way, they experience many difficult moments but there are always people who help them although they risk their lives by doing so. Eventually, Peter finds a trace of Repta's men. He leaves the exhausted Zuzka in an abandoned hayloft and, on his own, searches for the partisans in the nearby forest. He succeeds in finding them and participates with them on the raid on a German military transport. Zuzka is overcome by fear during the first shots and runs out from the hayloft to the meadow, where she is shot dead by one of the German soldiers. Peter, wading through deep snow, carries her body to the forest, and above them there are clouds flowing towards the sun.

Cast

Ivan Mistrík

partyzán Peter

Emília Došeková

vesnická žena Jolanka

Dušan Blaškovič

Repta, slovenský velitel partyzánů

Vlado Müller

Kozačuk, ruský velitel partyzánů

Ondrej Jariabek

vesničan s povozem

Štefan Adamec

partyzán Javorek

Jozef Sorok

pobočník

Bohuslav Drozd

neznámý muž

Juraj Haľama

pobočník

Jaroslav Veškrna

partyzán

Václav Matějka

světlovlasý partyzán

Juraj Špitzer

vousatý muž

Commentary

Dubbing

Jindřich Narenta

hlas německého vojáka

Ladislav Chudík

hlas autora

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Martin Hollý

Assistant Director

Zdena Štekrová, Václav Matějka

Screenstory

Juraj Špitzer

Screenplay

Juraj Špitzer

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Director of Photography

Josef Vaniš

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl, Stanislav Milota

Camera Operator

Václav Helliman

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Zeno Dostál, Karel Kracík, Jiří Rulík

Sound Designer

Jiří Pavlík, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Rudolf Fencl

Unit Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš, Jaroslav Jaroš

Unit Production Manager

Vratislav Innemann

Consultant

plk. Alois Bíca

Cooperation

Zdena Švarcová, Jaroslava Radová, Jan Oliva, Růžena Hejsková

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Songwriter

lidová slovenská píseň

Writer of Lyrics

lidová slovenská píseň

Songs

Sama

Singer Ivan Mistrík

Chodila dievčina po hore

Songwriter lidová slovenská píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová slovenská píseň
Singer Viera Vajsová

Slnnko, slnko, choď na naše vrátka

Songwriter lidová slovenská píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová slovenská píseň
Singer Viera Vajsová

Hore háj, dole háj

Songwriter lidová slovenská píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová slovenská píseň
Singer Ivan Mistrík

Production info

Original Title

Bílá oblaka

Czech Title

Bílá oblaka

English Title

White Clouds

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

ballad, drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1961—1962

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 30 November 1959
technical Screenplay approved 8 February 1960
start of filming 28 February 1961
end of filming 11 March 1962
projection approval 8 June 1962

Premiere

premiere 26 October 1962

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

97 min

Original length in metres

2 748 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:2,35

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Slovak, Russian

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech